Case Study: From Mailchimp to RSVPMaker for WordPress + Postmark for Florida Bulldog

The editor of Florida Bulldog came to me a few months ago asking for ideas on how to stretch the budget of his nonprofit news website. He particularly asked if we could find a more economical alternative to Mailchimp, for which the subscription fee was rising with the size of his list. Florida Bulldog is …

Postmark integration for email newsletters and event invitations now part of the free RSVPMaker plugin for WordPress

Previously announced as a beta test of a premium plugin, the code for enabling Postmark integration is now part of the free core RSVPMaker plugin. Starting at $10 per month for 10,000 email sends, Postmark is a reliable and efficient email distribution service that supports both broadcast messages (newsletters, event invitations, and announcements) as well …

RSVP Mailer: Embedding YouTube Video and Blog Posts

Here’s a video demo of how you can incorporate YouTube videos and lists of blog posts into your event promotion / event replay emails as well as other types of email newsletters using the RSVP Mailer component of RSVPMaker for WordPress. Key components of this solution include, a way of importing the content of entire …

Join the Beta: RSVPMaker’s Alternative to MailPoet and Mailchimp

For a long time, I’ve been looking for a better email newsletter and event invitation solution for website managers than either Mailchimp or MailPoet. By piggybacking on the Postmark service for high-volume email, I’ve finally created a solution I’m happy with, and I’d like you to help test it. Update: The essential code for enabling …

Adding Logos, Background Colors, and Background Images to Email Templates

The RSVP Mailer email templating system for the WordPress editor now provides powerful styling options, and I’d love to see what those of you who have stronger design skills than I do can do with it. Send me a sample, and I’ll feature it here as part of a design showcase. These capabilities are being …

RSVPMaker Now Dynamically Creates a Template for Block Themes

When you activate a full-site editing block theme (or activate RSVPMaker on a site that uses one of those themes), the plugin will now create a template for the rsvpmaker post_type based on that theme’s single post template. The major tweaks are to remove the blocks that display the post date (which can be confusing …

Hosting Events In Multiple Timezones

When you create a new event, by default it’s assumed to be in whatever timezone you have set as the default for your website. However, you can change the timezone to a different one (specified by city). In the example below, the site defaults to U.S. Eastern time, but I can change that by specifying …

RSVPMaker Integration with MailPoet, the Email Newsletter Plugin and Sending Service

RSVPMaker now allows you to include upcoming event listings in email newsletters distributed using MailPoet, the plugin and email sending service recently purchased by Automattic, the company behind WordPress. You can also have people who register for your events sign up for your email list at the same time by including the Mailing Lists Checkbox …

RSVP Forms for Webinars and Other Special Cases

The default RSVP event registration form that comes with RSVPMaker was designed for in-person events, with space for registrants to provide a phone number and add the names of guests. When you are instead registering people for online events (the most common case in 2020), collecting a phone number may not be appropriate, and guest …